Title: Riders of the Frontier Summary: THe Rancho Grande, a Texas border ranch, cut off from the law by a gang of outlaws led by ranch foreman Bart Lane (Jack Rutherford), who is holding the elderly owner of the ranch, Sarah ... Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet Actors: Tex Ritter, White Flash, Jack Rutherford Production Company: Edward F. Finney Productions Release Date: 16 August 1939 (USA) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
THe Rancho Grande, a Texas border ranch, cut off from the law by a gang of outlaws led by ranch foreman Bart Lane (
Riders of the Frontier is a better than average western starring singing cowboy Tex Ritter. In a typical plot, Ritter is undercover as a wanted killer, Ed Carter in order to infiltrate the gang that is robbing cattle rancher Marin Sais (Sarah Burton) of her cattle. He manages to convince the cheating ranch foreman John Rutherford (Bart Lane) and all his henchmen Olin Frances, Nolan Willis and Merrill McCormick of his identity, but not Hal Taliaferro, with whom he has more than one fight. In one of those Ritter defends Manten Moreland (Chappie) the black cook - he also sings the Boll Weevil song with Moreland - a rare show of decency for any movie of the time. All this time Rutherford has forced the doctor to give Sais medicine that makes her more ill every day, enabling him to exert control, while pretending concern. When the new nurse, pretty Jean Joyce (Martha Williams), rescued by Ritter, shows up at the film's beginning, things begin to change on both fronts. Joyce, between 1934-39 appeared in 14 films, and was cridted in 7. Things get sticky when the real Ed Carter shows up. Ritter sings a few songs, there are fist fights, and shoot 'em up action alomg the way. The film gets 4 stars for good acting and good politics.